Summer is amazing
Summer time is holiday time. Most people like to lie in the sun and bathe in the sea. The beaches are always crowded in summer. By the end of June the days become considerably warmer. But the weather is not always fair and sunny in summer. Sometimes the wind blows up. Suddenly black clouds cover the sky, it becomes hot and stuffy. A thunderstorm begins. Gusts of wind stir the trees. It lightens and it thunders. But after the rain everything looks fresh and lovely again. The sun shines brightly and sparkles on the water.
Each of the four seasons has a precise beginning astronomically. Summer begins at the summer solstice located halfway between the spring equinox, the start of spring, and the autumnal equinox, the start of fall. The time span needed by the sun to cover the 90° section from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox is termed the season of summer.
Summer is the prime growing season for plant life because of the extended days of sunshine and the resulting period of high temperatures.
It influenced the development of mythology and folklore. For example, Midsummer with its elaborate solar rites was an especially important festival in ancient and medieval times and continues to be celebrated with bonfires and special traditions even today. In ancient and medieval art summer was frequently personified as a woman carrying sheaves of grain and a sickle.
One of the most important Russian traditional festivals in the folk calendar named Whitsunday or Pentecost. It is celebrated on the 15th day after Easter. Whitsunday was connected with the ancient Slav cult of remembering dead ancestors and extolling blossoming nature. The symbol of this blossoming was a young birch tree. The young girls danced colorful round-dances, sang ritual songs and told their fortunes by throwing garlands into the water and watching them floating. They made promises of fidelity and friendship to each other. Pentecost is summer festival of love and friendship, a time of secret trysts and romantic seclusion.